Boris Johnson will urge world leaders at next week’s G7 summit in Cornwall to help vaccinate the entire globe against Covid-19 by the end of 2022.
He said today that the world’s richest countries had to come together to end the coronavirus pandemic, adding that “vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history”.
Around 900m people have received one dose of a Covid vaccine globally – around 11 per cent of the world’s population.
Of these, 450m have received two doses of a vaccine.
Johnson said that G7 countries have to be at the forefront of boosting global vaccine supplies by “stepping up the manufacture of vaccines” and “lowering barriers to the international distribution of those vaccines”.
“Next week the leaders of the world’s greatest democracies will gather at an historic moment for our countries and for the planet,” he said.
“The world is looking to us to rise to the greatest challenge of the post-war era: defeating Covid and leading a global recovery driven by our shared values.
“Vaccinating the world by the end of next year would be the single greatest feat in medical history.
“I’m calling on my fellow G7 leaders to join us to end to this terrible pandemic and pledge will we never allow the devastation wreaked by coronavirus to happen again.”